The Law and the Gospel

Text: Matthew 22:34-46 In our Christian Book of Concord, the Lutheran confessors write,  The distinction between the Law and the Gospel is a particularly brilliant light. It serves the purpose of rightly dividing God’s Word and properly explaining and understanding the Scriptures of the holy prophets and apostles. We must guard this distinction with specialContinue reading “The Law and the Gospel”

The Lord’s Supper

Text: 1 Corinthians 11:23-32 St. Paul wrote to the Corinthians in the Epistle text tonight:  For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body,Continue reading “The Lord’s Supper”

Christology and the Care of Souls

As Lutheran pastors we do not preach signs or wisdom, we preach Christ (1 Cor. 1:23). We proclaim to the world the saving word of Him who took on flesh to bear our sin and be our savior. Justification by faith alone may be the central doctrine of our teaching, but without Christ we canContinue reading “Christology and the Care of Souls”

Bible Study – Formula of Concord II: Free Will

This is for another Bible study. I’ve borrowed this from Formula of Concord II from Concordia: The Lutheran Confessions. There are a couple paraphrases and edits on my part for clarity. II. FREE WILL 1. THE ISSUE After the fall and before receiving the Holy Spirit, what powers in spiritual matters does a person have?Continue reading “Bible Study – Formula of Concord II: Free Will”

Bible Study – Formula of Concord I: Original Sin

This is a Bible study for Sunday morning on original sin. It is taken from the Formula of Concord, Article I as translated in Concordia: The Lutheran Confessions. There is additional editing and a few paraphrases of my own. I. ORIGINAL SIN Is sin part of mankind’s very essence? No, for if it were, GodContinue reading “Bible Study – Formula of Concord I: Original Sin”